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Cheltenham 9's 2010 Update

Friday 2nd April 2010

Cheltenham 9's 2010 Update Story in brief:
Rovers' Head Coach talks about Cheltenham 9's

Rover's Head Coach Daryl Powell is delighted to be competing in the cheltenham 9s and will be travelling there with a strong squad to attempt to win the tournament. "After taking part in the Blackpool 9s last season, I can see the value both in player development and entertainment aspects in this form of our game. I am confident we can develop this tournament into a weekend our players and fans can enjoy on an annual basis". 

Tickets for the event are available on the day priced at just £10 for Adults, £5 for Concessions and there are refreshements, music and dancers to keep you entertained a long side high quality Rugby League. Plenty of Free Parking is available on site.  

The Cheltenham Rugby Festival is a 9 a side Rugby League competition comprising of 3 elements:

1. The All Golds Cup - Men's Open
Previous Winners: The Royal Navy 2009 The British Army 2008

2. The Golden Fern Cup - Women's Open
Previous Winners: British Army 2009

3. 1908 Cup - Gloucestershire Schools

Previous Winners:

2009 Year 8 Tewkesbury School Year 9 St Peter's School Gloucester
2008 Year 8 Archway School Stroud

The Player s of the Tournament will receive the following awards:
William ‘Massa' Johnston - All Golds Cup
Named in honour of the New Zealand forward who scored the match winning try in the final moments of the 1908 match.

Empress Award - Golden Fern Cup
Named in honour of the ship that transported the New Zealand All Golds team to England.

Arthur Smith Award - 1908 Cup
Named in honour of the famous Gloucestershire Rugby Union player who signed for the Oldham Rugby League club and was selected to represent England in the 1908 international at Cheltenham.

The Festival was inaugurated in 2008 to celebrate the centenary of the historic match of the Edwardian period between England and the New Zealand All Golds. The match was played on the 15th of February 1908 at the Athletic Ground Cheltenham. The match was won 8- 5 by the All Golds and decided the first ever Rugby League International Test Series.
On the 15th February 2008 a plaque specially commissioned by the Civic Society was unveiled at the site.

Newlands Park Sports and Social Venue
Southam Lane
Bishops Cleeve
Cheltenham GL52 3PENewlands Park is virtually adjacent to the Race Course between Cheltenham centre and Bishops Cleeve. There is a large cross roads controlled by traffic lights just past the Race Course when coming from Cheltenham town centre on the A435 Bishops Cleeve road, Newlands Park can be seen diagonally to the right at this junction.

From the North :-
Leave M5 at junction 9 (Tewkesbury) and follow signs for Cheltenham & Race Course.
Take the A435 and pass Bishops Cleeve (bypass) and as you approach Cheltenham, Newlands Park is on the left just before a large junction controlled by traffic lights (as mentioned above). This is before reaching the Race Course.


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